Time magazine has a special edition this month dedicated to what science has shown about creativity (available until 11/2/18). Among topics are articles titled: “Seven Secrets to Unleashing Creativity,” “You’re Never Too Old,” and “How Parents Can Excite and Inspire.” I’ll include excerpts from this magazine in future posts.
In a time when art and music are being defunded in school districts across the country in favor of science and math, there needs to come an understanding that creativity is what produces that “aha!” moment, and that creativity needs to be practiced. The Time article titled “Eureka Moments” talks about research done to map where these occur in the brain.
My name is Deborah, my passion is art. I have always “dabbled” in art. Whether it was projects set up and instructed by my mother when I was a child or art classes in school, I loved the process and (not quite as frequently) the results. I always thought myself to be moderately creative, but stuck in “the box,” I am now definitely outside the box, and I see it as my mission in life to help others step out, or at least become comfortable with coloring a bit outside the lines.
When I stopped my career as an engineer, I gave myself permission to focus on art. What I gained was a newfound creativity that keeps growing, allowing me to problem-solve in other facets of my life as well. I also gained a natural anti-depressant and stress reliever. Through the losses and stresses of life and running a start-up business, I have found that I am calmer and more optimistic than I had ever been in the past. This may be why people have told me that I “glow,” and give off a “positive vibe.”
When I do get stressed I take some time out to create, and it restores my equilibrium. Try it. There’s nothing to be lost and a whole new world to be gained.